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ARDL runs events throughout the year in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
The main events are seminars, Junior ARDL events, the AGM, the ARDL Dinner and the ARDL Annual Conference.
Members only

Judicial roles: Too shy to apply? Why?

Time: 17:45 - 19:45
Venue: Zoom Meeting

Facilitator: Martin Forde QC

Description: This event is an in-person event with limited numbers.  It is aimed at ARDL members who may be interested in applying for judicial posts but who lack the confidence to do so and have not yet put themselves forward, and members who have not yet reapplied following a previous unsuccessful judicial application. Martin Forde QC will provide guidance on the application process, equipping attendees with the knowledge they need in order to submit their best application.  ARDL is particularly keen to see members with protected characteristics attend this event.

Registration is from 17:15 with the event due to start at 17:45 and lasting approximately an hour.  There will be an opportunity to stay behind for refreshments and a chat in chambers afterwards.

Numbers are limited to 20 for this event.  It is really important that you do not therefore request a place if you are not certain whether you can attend, or if you cannot attend that you notify ARDL without delay so that your place can be reallocated.  Please do not attend if you have any covid-19 symptoms or have recently tested positive for covid-19.

In order to ensure that there is a good mix of attendees you will be asked to specify when requesting a place whether you are a barrister, solicitor or legal executive and whether you work in-house or not.  ARDL will then allocate places and notify you by the end of this week whether you have a place at the event.

Please note that we hope to run the same event in Manchester later this year.

Facilitator Profile

Martin Forde QC

Martin has a practice which covers all aspects of Health Law. He appears regularly in all the Regulatory and Disciplinary tribunals predominantly for practitioners including doctors, dentists, osteopaths, chiropractors and optometrists.  He is currently acting as the Independent Advisor to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

Martin has acted for the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council. He has appeared in a number of major cases in the Privy Council and has been involved in medical related judicial review hearings in the Administrative Court as well as judicial review hearings involving mental health and immigration issues.   His clinical negligence and personal injury practice is exclusively undertaken in the High Court involving injuries of maximum severity. His experience of Inquests is extensive particularly in cases involving a mental health element. He has appeared on many occasions in the Employment Tribunal acting for NHS Trusts and medical practitioners. He has appeared in internal Trust and PCT hearings .

The Forde Inquiry – Martin has been appointed to undertake an independent investigation into the circumstances and contents of a report into antisemitism within the Labour Party by the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party.

Martin was appointed Recorder of the Crown Court in 2009 and is one of the longest serving JAC commissioners, being in post from 2012 to 2018